Quincy, Massachusetts

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Quincy, Massachusetts

Introduction to Quincy, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts city of Quincy is located in Norfolk County, only 11 miles south of the capital city of Boston and about 42 miles northeast of the Rhode Island state capital of Providence. Neighboring towns include Weymouth (to the east), Braintree and Randolph (to the south), and Dedham (to the west). Situated on what is commonly referred to as the "South Shore", the area south of Boston extending along the coast down to Cape Cod, Quincy is close enough to the state capital to still be considered part of the Boston metropolitan region. Often called the "City of Presidents", Quincy is the birthplace of both John Adams (second President of the United States) and John Quincy Adams (the nation's sixth President).

Pronounced "Quinzy", the city was named after Colonel John Quincy, great-grandfather of John Quincy Adams. Originally part of what is now the neighboring town of Braintree, Quincy was officially incorporated as a separate town in 1792 and made a city in 1888. During the 19th century the city's primary industry was granite quarrying, but by the 20th century Quincy became a leading shipbuilding center. Two notable chains which were founded in the city and got their start here are Howard Johnson's and Dunkin Donuts.

Things to See and Do in Quincy

Rich in historic treasures, Quincy's impressive past remains vibrant today in the form of its fascinating historic sites. The Adams National Historical Park commemorates the accomplishments of the distinguished men and women of the Adams family. The park includes the family home and the farmhouse where both presidents were born. The Hancock Cemetery, located near City Hall, includes graves of generations of the Adams and Quincy families. The Josiah Quincy House, originally a country estate, is the former home of Josiah Quincy, a high-status Revolutionary War leader. The Thomas Crane Public Library, a national architectural landmark, recently underwent a three-year restoration and renovation. The USS Salem & the U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum showcases one of the nation's great warships, and contains exhibits depicting shipboard life and artifacts relating to military equipment and records.

The city of Boston and its many world-class attractions are just a few minutes away. Here are just some of the points of interest this historic city has to offer:

  • The Boston Science Museum
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • The Boston Common
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library and Museum
  • Bunker Hill Monument
  • The USS Constitution
  • Prudential Center
  • The Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • The Boston Pops
  • The Museum of Fine Arts
  • Old North Church
  • The Boston Children's Museum
  • New England Aquarium
  • Faneuil Hall
  • The Freedom Trail
  • John Hancock Tower
  • Paul Revere House

One of Boston's premier annual events is the running of the Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon, which takes place every April and draws upwards of 20,000 runners annually. Boston is also the site of major league professional sports action, as the home town of several teams. Calling Boston home are baseball's Red Sox, basketball's Celtics (NBA), hockey's Bruins (NHL), and lacrosse's Cannons (MLL). Professional football and soccer can be found thirty minutes south in the town of Foxboro, home to the NFL's N.E. Patriots and MLS's N.E. Revolution.

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High Points

Quincy strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Quincy Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 8% Quincy Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Quincy Well-Paid Single Women
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Quincy Low Property Crime
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Quincy Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Quincy, Massachusetts

Comparing Quincy to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Senior Citizens 9 8
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Age of the Population 8 4
Racial Diversity 5 10
Male Share of the Population 3 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 2 1
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 6
Median Family Income 7 4
People in Middle Class or Better 7 4
People Above Poverty 7 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 3 6
Working at Home 2 1
Short Commute Times 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 5
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Housing Recently Built 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 9 3
Low Violent Crime 4 2

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Quincy Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Standard Zip Codes 02169, 02170, 02171
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02269
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.252
Longitude -71.002

Quincy Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 14 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
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Quincy Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 88,025 100%
Male 41,944 47.7%
Female 46,081 52.3%
Under 18 15,381 17.5%
18+ 72,644 82.5%
65+ 14,348 16.3%
Median Age 37.6
Average Family Size 3.03
White 70,066 79.6%
African-American 1,947 2.2%
Asian 13,546 15.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 142 0.2%
Other 751 0.9%
Mixed Race 1,553 1.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,835 2.1%

Estimated Quincy Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 90,250
Growth 2,225
Growth % 2.5%

Quincy Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 33.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.2%
Italian 12.7%
English 5%
US/American 3.2%
German 2.8%
Polish 2.4%
Scotch-Irish 2%
French Canadian 1.9%
Scottish 1.7%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
Swedish 1.3%
Greek 1%
Lebanese 0.9%
Canadian 0.9%
Russian 0.8%
Portuguese 0.6%
Albanian 0.5%
Finnish 0.5%
Brazilian 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.4%
British 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Dutch 0.2%
African 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Quincy, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Houghs Neck (02169)
Marina Bay (02171)
Norfolk Downs (02171)
North Quincy (02171)
Quincy Center (02169)
South Quincy (02169)
Squantum (02171)
West Quincy (02169)
Wollaston (02170)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Quincy 88,025 $59,735
Braintree 33,828 $73,417
Hingham 19,882 $98,598
Hull 11,050 $62,294
Milton 26,062 $94,359
Randolph 30,963 $61,942
Weymouth 53,988 $64,083

Quincy Public Libraries

Thomas Crane Public Library
Quincy, Massachusetts
(617) 376-1300

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Quincy Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(617) 773-6100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Star Markets
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Monroe Place
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(As of 2006)
301 Falls Blvd
(617) 745-4390
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The Old Quincy homestead c1904.

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The Old Quincy homestead c1904.

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Birthplace of John Quincy Adams) c1904.

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